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Ryan Thomas admits travelling to see daughter ‘puts a strain’ relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh as he reveals he’s quit acting

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Ryan Thomas says travelling to see daughter Scarlett is tough on his relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh (Picture: Getty)

Ryan Thomas has confessed that travelling to see his daughter Scarlett puts a strain on his relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh.

The actor, who played Jason Grimshaw on Coronation Street, shares daughter Scarlett with fellow Corrie star Tina O’Brien.

He is now engaged to ex Towie star Lucy Mecklenburgh and the couple welcomed son Roman last year.

Ryan has to split his time between Essex and Manchester, although he recently surprised Lucy with a new home in the city.

Speaking to brother Adam and Scott on podcast Mancs On The Mic, the former Neighbours actor, 36, confessed: ‘I know I’ve got Scarlett [who] I have to keep going back and forward for…That puts a strain on our relationship because I’m not with her [Lucy] because I’ve gotta get back for Scarlett.

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‘There is that trying to find a mix of making both work and working out where you’re going to end.’

Lucy Mecklenburgh breastfeeds baby Roman with breakfast in bed (Picture: @lucymeck1)
Ryan and Lucy welcomed son Roman last year (Picture: Instagram/@lucymeck1)

Ryan added that he hopes to relocate to Manchester with Lucy and Roman to ‘be back where I started with all my brothers and all our kids.’

‘I think that’s what’ll happen eventually but we’re just taking it a day at a time. I think that’s what you’ve got to do with this family life,’ the actor shared.

It comes as Ryan revealed he had ‘lost the bug’ for acting over comments from online trolls and the amount of rejections he received.

He had played Jason for 16 years on the soap before joining Neighbours as Rafael Humphreys.

‘I always think, “Oh, it’ll [the desire to act] come back at some point,” and maybe it will and it’s still something that I have in my locker if I want to explore it again but right now, I’m really happy with the direction that I’m going,’ he told his brothers.

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